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Your April Travel Guide Is Here!

Yes, we have entered spring and yes, the weather is still a bit crazy but that shouldn’t dampen our mood for some great Spring Break plans!

I am happy to offer you the April Travel Guide filled with plenty of ideas for places to go to and tours to take with up to 25% off.

Save big time on your vacation and check out the Savings on Europe Tour Packages here in Tours4Fun. So, take advantage of the fabulous deals this April and enjoy your vacation!

 
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Travel in Style on a Shoestring Budget

Traveling to Cuba is an exciting new possibility, thanks to the dedicated work of our outgoing president. But if you are new to the exciting opportunity to travel in Cuba, you will love checking out all of the great advice on our website. From amazing villas to beautiful beaches, historic colonial buildings to the green revolution, there is so much to see and experience in Cuba. If you want to see what it was like to live under Communist rule, or just practice a unique variation of Spanish, Cuba is definitely the place to visit.

But if you want to make sure that you are looking good, even when you have to travel on a budget, you need to make sure that your preparations for your trip include some budget shopping. That does not mean that you need to invest in super cheap items. You need to respect your trip’s budget, but what is the point in investing in fashionable gear if it is so out of fashion, or so cheap, that it is counter-productive, i.e. makes you look bad?

If you want to invest in gear that is hot, but still affordable, you need to check out the deals being offered by a new partnership between ALDO and Groupon Coupons. From footwear to hand bags, ALDO has you covered with so much amazing looking gear. And thankfully, Groupon Coupons’ new partnership with ALDO means that you can score amazing deals such as 15% off of your next purchase, 30% off of ALDO boots, 20% off of any purchase, and even take advantage of a 50% sale. Those are the deals currently on offer, but if your trip is not coming up for awhile yet, you can take solace in the fact that while these deals may be long gone, Groupon Coupons and ALDO are constantly updating the deals offered. You can get tons of great deals at ALDO simply by bookmarking their Groupon Coupons page and checking bag as your trip date approaches. If you want to travel on a budget, yet travel in style, you definitely need to take advantage of ALDO’s Groupon Coupons.

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A Quick Weekend Getaway to Subic In a Budget

If you’re feeling cooped or has been dreaming of a weekend getaway with your family or friends without overspending, then Subic is a perfect destination for you.

Subic in Olangapo is a place in the Philippines that is teeming with beautiful beaches, mangroves, and plenty of fun activities to do. It is in the northern part of Luzon which is very close to Manila. Getting there is not very complicated if you are already coming from nearby metro areas like Caloocan, Manila, and Quezon City, and nearby towns along the North Express Way which is one of the main artery leading to Subic, Olongapo. You can either take a public transportation via bus or drive your own car for faster navigation. What ever your choice is to get there, you will surely find your way with GPS, the traditional map, by following the directions given by your travel guide or Subic Hotel booking confirmation’s details, or simply follow the street signs.

Accommodation

There are many accommodations to choose from in Subic. You do not have to spend a fortune to book a family room too. An example is, a family room for max. of 6 pax in Golden Slumber Resort for an overnight stay and the rate is based on today’s date in Traveloka when you search for Subic hotels is only Php 3,800 inclusive of tax. You can use the resort’s amenities like the pool for a quick dip.

Activities

(Photo credit:  zoobic.com.ph)

There are plenty of things to do in Subic while you are there over the weekend.  You can visit Zoobic Safari and experience nature up close, go trekking or even pet small animals too.

Entrance rates vary for adults and kids:

Adult: Php 545
Kid:  Php 445 (4 ft. and below)
FREE: kids 3 ft. and below

And if you buy your tickets online, you get 10% discount! (Based on Zoobic Safari’s website)

If the zoo is not your thing, then you can head on to Ocean Adventure and watch cute dolphins and sea lions perform their acts in front of many spectators. Ocean Adventure has a 4+1 promo right now which costs Php 3,155 for 4 pax and plus 1, making it a 5 pax rate! However, the rate is valid only until 16 Dec. 2016 but the reservation is not required for the 4+1 promo.

(Photo credit: chancesfading.blogspot.com)

Is your group into hiking and marveling on the beauty of mother nature? Then enjoy Pamulaklakin Forest Trail. Here you will get to walk for 30 minutes along a trail with a guide who will teach you how to follow a trail and even give trivia on some of the plants’ medicinal properties that you will find along the way.  The entrance fee is also relatively cheap.

Is thrilling activities and adventure your group’s thing?  Feel like a superhero or Tarzan as you zip through one tree to another with Tree Top Adventure’s adrenalin pumping rides like the canopy ride, superman ride, silver surfer, and others. Rates vary per ride or as combination. However, with your Php 100, you will surely have some activity to do in Tree Top Adventure.

Dining

Aside from the thrills and nature encounters, there are plenty of food outlets to try to satisfy your cravings without burning a whole in your pocket.  Check out some local food outlets in Subic and stretch your budget to enjoy your meals.

Hotshots – a Garden Fresh salad will cost your Php 179 and the Filipino Style Barbecue is only Php 159.

The Coffee Shop Restaurant – known  now for their coffee but for their giant tacos for only Php 90!

Or you may even try the ubiquitous McDonald’s, Jollibee, amongst others.

So, stop thinking about that weekend trip you have been longing to take and just do it! Having fun with your family or friends need not be costly as you can split the cost amongst other members of the group so everyone gets to enjoy and save too! Happy trip!

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The Easy Way To Travel The World On A Budget

Posted in budget travel, flights, travel tips
on October 20, 2015
There’s nothing better than packing up for a long trip around the world. Whether you’re planning the best vacation of your life, or a year-long mega trip, you always get butterflies in your stomach. You’re about to embark on a wonderful adventure that will take you to new cities and cultures. You’ll eat fantastic food, and meet new people along the way. The only thing that holds you back is the cost. Traveling isn’t cheap, but there are plenty of ways to bring the cost down.


Traveling is as expensive as you make it. If you stay in luxury hotels, and choose the expensive flights, you’re going to eat into your budget. But, if you’re willing to work a bit harder, you can shave costs off at every stage of the journey. We’ve been around the circumference of the world more than once, and we know how to travel cheap! Here is our best advice.



The clever use of air miles


Most travel bloggers and experts refer to this as ‘travel hacking’. It’s a way of maximising your loyalty points and air miles to secure free flights and cheap accommodation. The interesting thing is that you don’t have to travel a lot to build them up. Most of your points can be earned on the ground. Simply use credit cards that give you the most rewards. Then use them in the most cost-effective way. (Usually long-haul flights and hotel discounts).



Save on accommodation


Typically, your accommodation is the most expensive aspect of your trip. Finding a place to stay every night puts a big hole in your budget. But, don’t worry, there are lots of other options, if you’re willing to work for them! First of all, use AirBnb to rent apartments rather than pay for a hotel. If you’re really strapped for cash, use companies like CouchSurfing, to find a place to crash. If you’re doing a long tour of the USA or Europe, we also love the idea of driving an RV. You can take them anywhere, and sleep in comfort at the side of the road. Perfect for long road trips. Touring the US in a travel trailer will save you a fortune on hotel bills.



Save on flights


You don’t have to choose the first flight you come across. In fact, if you do, you’ll probably pay a fortune for it. There are hundreds of cheap options out there, you just need to know where to look! Use websites like SkyScanner to compare the cheapest options. You can even call up the airlines themselves, and negotiate the cheapest ticket.



Make money along the way


Last of all, you can make up some of your lost budget along the way. If you’re planning a long adventure, spend a few weeks working, and pocket some extra change. You can blog your way around the world, and monetize your site. Alternatively, you can pick up an easy job in a bar or restaurant for a short while.

It is possible to see the world on a budget. Don’t let money hold you back!
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